Posted by Josh Katzowitz
Since he was a star quarterback at Ohio State, Art Schlichter has had many problems. He’s been a gambling addict, he spent 1994-2006 in prison for fraud and forgery, and he destroyed his potential NFL career (the Baltimore Colts took him with the No. 4 overall pick in 1982) because he couldn’t control his impulses.
Now, he’s got even bigger problems, because he’s headed back to prison for his role in a Super Bowl ticket scam.
As the Columbus Dispatch writes, Schlichter has pleaded guilty to 12 counts of theft and one count of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity.
Schlichter will cop to swindling more than $1 million from a number of people by promising them he could make them a profit for selling big-game tickets. Turns out, he couldn’t, and the biggest victim might be Anita Barney, who was married to the late Robert Barney -- the former president of Wendy’s. Schlichter defrauded her of at least $680,000.
In March, Schlichter seemed contrite.
"I'm embarrassed that I have hurt anyone, and I would give anything to make it right," Schlichter said. "I want to make amends to the people that I have harmed in some way. I wanted to reach out and apologize to people before I came (to jail), but I was advised not to contact them. That was the hardest part for me."
Now, the hardest part will be spending the next decade in prison.
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